Midrand, Nov. 13 -- South African precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has donated a state-of-the-art mathematics laboratory to Mamello Secondary School in Meloding, Virginia. The facility has been designed to improve the quality of mathematics learning and teaching of more than 1 300 pupils at Mamello Secondary School. The laboratory uses information and communications technology to enhance the learning experience for pupils by making it interactive and enjoyable, thereby dispelling the notion that maths is difficult and abstract. The laboratory is equipped with an electronic board, 40 tablets and a laptop. "We believe this sophisticated facility will enhance mathematics education in the local communities and develop a pipeline of pupils who are able to succeed in careers that require mathematics and science," Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, said. "We are pleased that jobs were created through local SMMEs during the construction of this project." Froneman said the trust fund Sibanye-Stillwater had established in partnership with the department of education, which has a particular focus on providing quality mathematics and science education, will continue to develop the skills necessary for technical sectors such as mining. Since 2013, Sibanye-Stillwater has spent more than R13.2m on mathematics and science basic education in pupil support, teacher development and infrastructure development in the Free State and Gauteng, benefiting more than 780 pupils in grades 10 to 12 every year. The mining company invested about R1.4 million in the mathematics laboratory at Mamello Secondary School. It also installed a borehole at the school to reduce the water bill. nonhlanhlam@thenewage.co.za

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